Nia Vardalos, star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding who is married to Ian Gomez from Felicity, talks about “fatist” Hollywood (bolding mine):
On the publicity tour of My Big Fat Greek Wedding I was asked over and over again, if, as the writer, I felt it was a fair depiction of real life to have someone of my below average looks, hook up with hottie John Corbett.
I thought I was attractive when I shot My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Studio executives and movie reviewers let me know I had a confidence in my looks that was not shared by them. In other words, they labelled me with words like, overweight, unattractive, unappealing. Hey, just say fat. I love the word fat. I used it in the title. Itâ€™s actually not a naughty word.
I have sat through many a movie like Sideways, where nobody blinks an eye when Paul Giamatti gets together with gorgeous Virginia Madsen, and Knocked Up. I mean the visual of Seth Rogen on top of Katherine Heigl made me put the popcorn down and reach for my purse… because I knew the film was about to stop and Ashton Kutcher would now jump out and go, ‘Aha, youâ€™ve been punked.’ I waited, but no Ashton.
Socially, the issue of menâ€™s weight is simply not a big deal. Letâ€™s face it, Russell Crowe is fat and no one ever talks about it. Alec Baldwin just orders his suits a size bigger and we continue to swoon. Meanwhile, I get hit with this awkward question about my weightloss daily and I have answered it in press interviews, at the grocery store, at the newspaper stand. Why? Because I see their (people) anxious, open faces needing the secret, the new pill, the cure, anything: ‘Just please share the secret’. So I hesitantly answer and I am always met with the same response: the glaze-eye, slack-jawed face.
They donâ€™t want to hear the truth – I had a blood sugar problem, so my doctor ordered me to lose weight. It was really hard but I did it through diet and exercise, and it took a year.
I first heard about this interview in Entertainment Weekly, where I also saw that she’s reteaming with John Corbett in a movie coming out next month, which I might have to go and see, because I have a weak spot for My Big Fat Greek Wedding. (Not so much John Corbett since I hated Aiden on Sex and the City. Although… there was the whole plotline where Aiden lost weight and “got hot” and reunited with Carrie. But I didn’t like either version of Aiden.) Anyway, the point is, I can’t believe there were people who didn’t think Nia Vardalos was hot in that movie. Because she totes was.
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